HOME Grant Application Deadline July 26

July 15, 2011

With $435,000 waiting to be distributed to five qualified homeowners, City of Kilgore Superintendent of Special Services B.J. Owen hopes more applicants will soon ask for assistance.

The grant money – federal Housing and Urban Development funds awarded to Kilgore by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs – is set aside to assist five local families in razing and replacing their substandard housing.

Kilgore matches some $4,000 of the total price tag, which will be divided in $80,000 allocations to those successful applicants who meet HUD qualifications. Directed toward low-income homeowners making less than the area’s Median Family Income, the money covers demolishing their current home and replacing it with a two- or three bedroom plan, depending on the size of the household.

Only a few people stepped forward for the city’s information sessions on the project, Owen said, but attendance at those meetings is not mandatory to be included in the program.

“Probably 80 percent of the people that applied did not attend” during the first round of the program back in 2007”, Owen said. The city successfully replaced four site-built homes and one manufactured home during that attempt.

Application packets on the project are available at City Hall and include information on the HUD guidelines and related paperwork.

The city has set a tentative date of July 26 to close the application period.

“We’ll probably extend that because the meetings that we did have weren’t as attended as we would have liked,” Owen said. “We want to give more time to get out there, get more word-of-mouth out.”

For more information on the program or assistance with the application, call B.J.Owen or Sue Brooks, at 903.984.5081.